Baroque during the enlightenment

18th century masterpieces in Paris Churches


French painting from the 18th-century tends to evoke the refinement of fête galante and portraiture rather than the rhetoric of great religious paintings.

Yet outside of the exhibition period, churches in Paris were known as places to admire contemporary painting: the artists therefore put their best work on display. Parishes and congregations looking to renovate the capital’s churches were among the main sponsors of painters throughout history. This exhibition aims to reveal the significance and the diversity of religious painting in Paris, from the Regency to the Revolution: from the heirs of the grand siècle, such as Largillierre and Restout; to disciples of rocaille, from Lemoine to Carl Van Loo; to the best of Neoclassicism, from Vien to David. In a spectacular setting, centre stage is given to the works still conserved in Parisian churches, which have been restored for the occasion as part of an unprecedented campaign. In addition to immense altar paintings that revealed stunningly rich colours upon restoration, the Petit Palais’s galleries also feature sketches and other large paintings that were scattered among different museums, churches, and cathedrals throughout the country, offering visitors the opportunity to rediscover an entire segment of 18th-century painting at its peak.GENERAL CURATORS: Christophe Leribault, Director of the Petit Palais and Marie Monfort, Head of Conservation of Civil and Religious Artworks for the City of Paris.CURATORS: Maryline Assante (Petit Palais), Lionel Britten (Musée d’Orsay), Jessica Degain, Nicolas Engel, and Emmanuelle Federspiel (COARC), Christine Gouzi (University of Paris-Sorbonne) and Guillaume Kazerouni (Rennes Fine Arts Museum).#BaroqueLumières

Información práctica

Adress :

 Avenue Winston-Churchill

75008 Paris

Phone : +33 (0)1 53 43 40 00
Opening hours :

Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm (last entrance at 5pm).

Extended opening hours on Friday until 9pm: only for temporary exhibitions. 

Closed on Mondays.

Access : 

Métro: Champs-Elysées Clémenceau (line 1 and 13), Invalides (line 8 and 13) 

RER C Invalides station or RER A Charles de Gaulle – Etoile station 

Bus : 28, 42, 72, 73, 83, 93 

Velib' : Avenue Dutuit, 1 avenue Franklin Roosevelt 

Autolib' : 1 avenue Dutuit, 2 avenue Matignon

Full price: 10 euros
Reduced price: 7 euros

Autour de l'exposition


Chef d’oeuvres de la peinture religieuse du XVIIIe siècle à Paris
Sous la direction de Christophe Léribault et Christine Gouzi.
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